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RATINGS: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 82   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favs.
An extension of Quercus Alba —the Firestone Walker Barrel aged program. Russian Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (4147) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2015
Parabola montre ses couleurs: le bourbon domine son nez mais enrobe les malts et nuance le tout de vanille, de noix de coco et de caramel. En bouche, le bourbon est chaleureux mais bon. Dommage que ce soit du déjà vu. Je m’attendais à quelque chose d’unique et de très bon et je tombe sur une chose cent fois faite, bonne et superbement exécutée. Suis-je déçu? Et bien non. La bouche est soyeuse. Le pétillement est bas. La finale est assez chaude, très bourbon et très noix de coco encore une fois et un peu collante avec ce sucre qui reste aux commissures de mes lèves. Un autre monstre de bu pour moi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (687) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Taste from a bomber in Binny’s Lincoln Park tasting room. Flavor is rich and bourbonny. A little on the sweet side and also a little astringent on the finish. Slightly fruity. Good, but in a world with an ever increasing number of great bourbon barrel aged stouts, I don’t see this one as really standing out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (12285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2015
Schwarze Farbe, geringe bräunliche schaumkrone. Geruch intensiv röstmalzig, viel Schokolade, bourbon, Kakao, Vanille, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack kräftig nach Vanille, Kakao, Kaffee, bourbon, alkoholisch, vollmundig, lecker.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alengrin (3678) - BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2015 Famous barrel aged RIS with pretty thick, creamy, dense, yellowish beige head and very dark chestnut brown colour, yellowish on the edges, hazy. Very strong, overpowering and multi-layered aroma of chocolate sauce, espresso beans, cured meat, strong bourbon, dry oak, vanilla-like tannins, cinnamon, pipe tobacco, pepper, banana liqueur, amaretto, iron, raisins, bayleaf, home made caramel, accents of shoe polish, barbecue sausages, cocoa, flowers, rosewater. Taste starts with a condensed candied sweetness of raisins soaked in rhum and candied cherries, drying in instants but supported by a rich, deep, oily, multi-layered maltiness, chocolatey, deeply caramelly, evolving into roasted coffee bitterness, but not too ’charred’ and countered by a very dry woodiness with softish vanilla tannin flavours, with a lot of warming bourbon alcohol. Very complex, with a very stilish packing. Truly epic, big cheers to Jan for sharing this precious bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jacobrm (39) - - JUL 1, 2015
Wow! So smooth and balanced. I can't even describe the mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (539) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2015
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle consumed in 2012. Black body with a small khaki head. Poor retention. Sticky looking as it swirls in the glass. Looks like it could be a sugar bomb. Big barrel aroma. Not all bourbon, though. Along with the bourbon is a fair dose of vanilla and some heavy roasted malt from the stout. Some of the stout comes through, but it’s mostly barrel. Taste is vanilla and bourbon up front followed seamlessly by chocolate and coffee roasted malts. Hefty bitterness, but not excessive. Adds complexity and a nice bite. Really spectacular flavor. Thick, but not too sweet. Low carbonation without being sluggish to drink. A wonderful stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (569) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle - Pours dark black. Nose is oak, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is fudgy, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Rich and decadent. Just great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
chefgoot (1) - Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015 does not count
One of the best Bourbon barrel aged stout's I've eve tried. Not too coffee heavy, a hint of chocolate, vanilla and the bourbon notes are very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (607) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Poured from tap nearly black with a thin beige head. Aromas of chocolate licorice bourbon and oak. Taste is smooth and follows aroma and is quite boozy. Could use some cellaring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Berard (500) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Draft. Pours black with creme colored head that lingers. Mild licorice aroma over light carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Boozy, caramel and chocolate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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